This week in Winning Post

Brisbane's winter carnival has its last hurrah this Saturday with the running of Australia's final Group 1 of 2018/19, the Tatts Tiara for fillies and mares.

The Godolphin group has already had a record-breaking Australian seasomn with 13 Group 1 wins and James Cummings will be looking to make it 14 with last-start Group 3 winner Savatiano.

Can she do it? Peter Lyne's preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Park and Coffs Harbour as well as fields, colours and selections for Canberra and Rockhampton.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Donald (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Coonamble Cannonball day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while elsewhere in the paper Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post June 22 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday: Park synthetic, Coffs Harbour
Flemington, Randwick, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Belmont, Donald (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Bendigo, Coonamble, Rockhampton, Devonport
The massive Racing NSW spring cash splash: good or bad for racing?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N7 High Bridge 4th
Ladbrokes Park Lakeside Saturday - R8 N1 Mr Marathon Man 1st
Morphettville Saturday - R8 N7 Skillful Steps 5th
Letter of the Week

Spread the wealth

Mitch Matheson (1/6) makes good sense in his response to my own concerns about state rivalry in racing — although what my living in Tassie has to do with that I’m not sure. 
I’m from Sydney but “invest” mostly in Victoria simply because of the overall strength of its day-to-day racing. And it’s the week-in, week-out aspects of this great industry that concern me much more than gala days for the champagne set.
Just last week NSW racing announced a nine-week schedule starting September 28 where there will be at least one million-dollar race each Saturday. This will split quality horses and jockeys across the two states and obviously impact Melbourne’s spring carnival.
 No one can deny that grass-roots initiatives such as the Provincial and Country Championships and the Highway series assist overall but why the excessive concentration at the top end? 
The point-of-consumption tax from racing is 10 per cent in NSW but only eight per cent in Victoria and that two-point difference is actually 25 per cent in dollar terms. No wonder the NSW government is right behind all this — it’s more dough in the coffers. But as I’ve always maintained, the majority ends up with the big end of town, a few owners and a few trainers. 
Time will tell which state has it right — but then NSW administrators have long shown themselves able to wrangle money from governments, state and federal, for issues from equine influenza to World Youth Day “disruptions”. It’s always good to have contacts at the top!

Jack Bell
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: